Escalon Woman Dies In July 3 Crash

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

A three-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent on the eve of the Fourth of July hol­i­day re­sulted in the death of an Escalon woman. She was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the crash on High­way 120 at Cleve­land Av­enue, east of Escalon and just west of Oak­dale.

Au­thor­i­ties said Wanda Hen­drick­son, 71, died of in­juries sus­tained when her ve­hi­cle was struck, first from be­hind, and then by an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle.

Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cials said the crash oc­curred just be­fore 7:30 p.m. on Tues­day, July 3. Hen­drick­son was driv­ing a 2013 Scion east­bound and, ac­cord­ing to the CHP re­port, had slowed to make a left turn onto North Cleve­land.

As she slowed down, her ve­hi­cle was struck from be­hind by a sec­ond east­bound driver, a 39-year-old Modesto man who was driv­ing a 2013 Ford F-150 pick-up.

The im­pact pushed her ve­hi­cle into the west­bound lane and into the path of an on­com­ing driver. The CHP said that driver, a 24-year-old man from Oak­dale, was un­able to avoid strik­ing Hen­drick­son’s ve­hi­cle even though he ap­plied the brakes and tried to steer his 2009 Chevro­let pickup off the road­way af­ter ob­serv­ing the first col­li­sion. The front of his ve­hi­cle col­lided with the left side of the Scion, pin­ning Hen­drick­son in her ve­hi­cle.

Au­thor­i­ties said two passersby stopped at the scene and pro­vided first aid un­til fire and emer­gency per­son­nel ar­rived on scene but Hen­drick­son suc­cumbed to her in­juries.

The CHP said nei­ther of the other two driv­ers sus­tained phys­i­cal in­juries; all in­volved were wear­ing their seat­belts and the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cated drugs and/or al­co­hol were not a fac­tor.

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